CAMRI is located in the Westminster School of Media and Communication at the University of Westminster. The department was a pioneer in the academic study of media and communication in the UK. In the 1970s it launched the UK’s first undergraduate degree in media studies, and provided the majority of the founding editorial team of Media, Culture and Society.
CAMRI has been a leading centre of media and communications research in the UK for almost 30 years. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 52 per cent of our research was judged to be "world-leading" (the top rating, ‘four star’), with 87 per cent of the total rated "internationally excellent" (‘three star’). The assessment of our impact on society and business was exceptional (87 per cent ‘four star’ and the remainder ‘three star’).
The Institute is the successor to the Centre for Communication and Information Studies (CCIS) which was similarly given a top rating (a ‘5’, on the previous grading system) in the previous Research Assessment Exercises of 1992, 1996, and 2001. In the Research Assessment Exercise of 2008, 60 per cent of our research in media and communications was judged to be ‘world-leading’ (four stars), more than any other UK university. The QS World University rankings, 2013, put CAMRI in the global top 20 for media and communications research, and #1 in the UK.
Members of CAMRI produce an extensive range of high level research publications. Recent examples include: Palestine Online: Transnationalism, the internet and the construction of identity (Aouragh 2010), The Rise and Fall of Television Journalism (Barnett 2011), Foundations of Critical Media and Information Studies (Fuchs 2011), Making is Connecting: the social meaning of creativity from DIY and knitting to YouTube and Web 2.0 (Gauntlett 2011), Media Convergence: Networked digital media in everyday life (Meikle 2012), Cultural Encounters in the Arab World (Sabry 2010), Transformations in Egyptian Journalism (Sakr 2013), Creating Preschool Television (Steemers 2010), Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood (Thussu 2013), Social Media as Surveillance (Trottier 2012), and How the Market is Changing China’s News: The case of Xinhua news agency (Xin 2012).
CAMRI has been a pioneer in open access publishing in the filed of media and communication research: Some of its members have founded and are involved in editing open access journals associated with CAMRI: tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique and Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture.
CAMRI members are also editors or board members of journals and publishers such as Comunicação & Sociedade,Communication, Culture & Critique, Convergence, Critical Sociology, European Journal of Social Theory, Fibreculture Journal, Global Media and Communication, Global Media Journal, Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture,International Journal of Digital Television,International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of African Media Studies, Journal of Information Policy , Media, Culture & Society, Meson Press, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, the British Journalism Review, Twentieth Century British History, University of Westminster Press.
CAMRI works with media and other companies throughout the world, providing consultancy, training or advice, and engaging in collaborative research. Recent examples include Shanghai Media Group, Hunan Broadcasting, Al Jazeera, Lego, Propeller TV, S4C and BBC. We provide evidence-based policy proposals for government departments and regulators, including the UK Department of Culture Media and Sport and OFCOM, China’s State Council Information Office and the External Affairs Ministry of the Government of India.
CAMRI has financial support from diverse sources. It regularly receives research project, travel and seminar grants, and research leave awards from, among others, the AHRC, British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the European Union.